by PuckStopsHere on 07/11/14 at 03:11 PM ET
Yesterday I posted the top 20 players in the 2013/14 season by their Corsi rating. This is a measure of a team's puck possession when a given player is on the ice. We will want to turn it into a more individualized ranking with some adjustments to the numbers, right now it is an extremely team dependent number. The league leader is Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings with a +507 Corsi. Six or seven extra shots are attempted per game by Kopitar's team when Kopitar is on the ice than they allow.
Los Angeles is a very strong puck possession team and Kopitar is a very good puck possession player. This combination of a strong team and a strong player puts him in first place in the league. The question at this point is how much is Kopitar and how much is Los Angeles. Is there a player on a weaker team that is a better puck possession player?
We know Kopitar is a good two-way player. It would be sensible for him to be a top puck possession player. His adjusted +/- rating is a rougher measure of puck possession and Kopitar finished third in the league last year. All we can clearly say at this point is Kopitar is a good player. He is very good at puck possession. He may be the best in the league, but at this point in the analysis that is unclear.
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